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WTA Makarska Open 2022 first day: Pera lost to Potapova, Drazic to Grabher


Once the best junior in the world, enthusiastic about Makarska. She plans to stay three, four days after the tournament and enjoy.

WTA Makarska Open 2022 first day: Pera lost to Potapova, Drazic to Grabher

At the WTA Makarska Open tournament hosted tby Valamar, we are watching not so long ago the best junior in the world, the Russian Anastasia Potapova. Anastasia is 21 years old, the 80th player in the world, and at the start of the Makarska tournament she defeated the American from Zadar Bernarda Pera with 6: 2, 4: 6, 6: 1.

"Bernarda is a tough opponent in the first round, especially in the WTA tournament in the 125th category. I did not expect that I would have to play against such a good player right at the start, but in tennis you have to be ready for everything and it is important to pass, "Potapova told us.

She was especially impressed by Makarska.

"I'm here for the first time and honestly, I fell in love. It's hard to play because there are so many other things you can do, nice clear sea, boats... But I try to focus on tennis, and then when I finish the tournament, I hope only on Sunday, I plan to stay three or four days and enjoy Makarska."

Good plan. Potapova recently had a couple of fights with Croatian tennis players. At the WTA 125 tournament in Paris, she lost to Donna Vekić, and at the WTA 250 in Istanbul, she defeated Petra Martić and won the tournament.

"It's never easy for me to play against Donna, haha. In Istanbul, I won my first WTA title, the sweetest and one I will never forget. I finally got confirmation that hard work pays off. I knew in Istanbul that I would play well because I am in good shape, but the title ... Great. "

Today, Anastasia talks maturely about her glorious junior days, number one on that list, as well as winning Wimbledon. We also asked her if she looked at the current best junior in the world, the winner of the Australian Open, our Petra Marcinko

"Honestly, I don't follow junior tennis so much. I only know those who get invitations to WTA tournaments. As in any sport, one good junior leaves, another comes, someone has always been the best. I don’t want to talk much about my junior career and what I’ve done. It’s nice and it opened some doors. But that was never my goal, junior number one does not mean that you will be in the top 10 in the WTA Tour, it is clearer to me now than ever. "

Along with the native Zadar born Bernarda Pera, the local hopeful Marijana Dražić also said goodbye to the tournament. Austrian Julia Grabher (151st on the WTA list) was better than Mariana with 6:2, 6:3. The eighth seed, Georgian Ekatarina Gorgodze, handed over to the Czech Linda Noskova in results 7:5, 3:0 for Czech tennis player.

The spectators enjoyed very good matches on the first day, and the best is yet to come. Kid's day is also scheduled for Wednesday, June 1, at 10.30 in the center of Makarska. The children will have the opportunity to play a few points with the tennis players, and then have the opportunity to watch them at the Valamar Tennis Center from noon onwards.



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